The liberal press is fretting it will begin to “normalize” President-elect Donald Trump, that is, to treat him like any other president-elect in the history of America.
The New Yorker’s David Remnick told CNN: “When I hear [Trump described as not a sexist, not a racist, not playing on white fears, not arousing hate, when he’s described in a kind of normalized way as someone in absolute possession of policy knowledge, as someone who somehow is in the acceptable range of rhetoric, I think I’m hallucinating.”
Mr. Remnick added: “We’ve normalized it already. Less than a week after the election is over, suddenly Washington is going about its business talking about who’s going to get what jobs. You would think that Mitt Romney had won. It’s a hallucination, but I don’t think we can indulge that.
“People fret that the Trump administration will crack down on a free press; that it will only serve to enrich itself; that it will try to keep itself in power indefinitely. You’ve probably seen warnings that we shouldn’t even assume there will be another presidential election in 2020, because President Trump might have found a way to suspend or amend the Constitution by then,” Vox wrote.
“Given everything that’s happened this year … it’s hard to say that planning for the worst-case scenario is irrational. The people most alarmist have, generally, been the most correct,” Vox added.
OK then. The liberal press’ mission — its renewed mission — is to continue doggedly pursue Mr. Trump to convince the American people just how bad he really is (those 60 million plus who elected him, didn’t seem to get it the first time around).
Mr. Trump can’t be normalized — he’s too dangerous. But Iran can. Pedophiles can. Pornographers can. Here’s a list of five instances where the liberal media sought to normalize the truly indefensible.
1. Slate: “What Iran — yes Iran — can teach America about the fight for LGBTQ rights.”
Does this headline even need explanation? The U.S. should look to Iran for advice on LGBTQ freedoms? This is a country that criminalize same-sex marriage, forces women to adhere to a strict dress code in public, and prohibits freedom of expression.
Homosexuality is punishable by death, but it’s legal to get a sex change, so there’s that. Never mind, most who do get harassed, get arrested, kicked out of their homes and schools and flee to neighboring countries only to become prostitutes, according to a report by Vice.
2. Salon: “I’m a pedophile, but not a monster.”
“I’ve been stuck with the most unfortunate of sexual orientations, a preference for a group of people who are legally, morally and psychologically unable to reciprocate my feelings and desires. It’s a curse of the first order, a completely unworkable sexuality, and it’s mine. Who am I? Nice to meet you. My name is Todd Nickerson, and I’m a pedophile. Does that surprise you? Yeah, not many of us are willing to share our story, for good reason. To confess a sexual attraction to children is to lay claim to the most reviled status on the planet, one that effectively ends any chance you have of living a normal life. Yet, I’m not the monster you think me to be. I’ve never touched a child sexually in my life and never will, nor do I use child pornography.”
He’s the victim, don’t you see? Salon did a follow-up story the next year partially titled: “A pedophile on attraction, love and a life of loneliness.”
3. The New York Times: “Pornography can be empowering to women on screen.”
“For some performers, pornography is a path to college and out of poverty. For others, it is a chance to make a statement out about female pleasure,” Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, wrote about women entering the porn industry.
She argues pornography is an industry of “tremendous potential.”
“The women who work in pornography believe that we should not treat porn as an intractable behemoth and social evil, but they emphasize that it can be made better, especially with respect to workers’ rights,” Ms. Miller-Young wrote.
4. Mother Jones: “Who still does third-trimester abortions? These four doctors — and here’s why they’re desperately needed.”
Abortion in the ninth-month of pregnancy is “desperately needed?” Yes, according to Mother Jones, as it profiles four doctors who heroically perform the abortion, “under the very real threat of assassination.”
5. Cosmopolitan: “I was a prostitute in my 20s.”
The sex-worker said, “I thought the clients would be repulsive, and ugly and annoying. But I loved them.”
Another pulled quote from the magazine read of her experience: “I felt that sex work was a way of helping people heal,” — you know, kind of like a nurse. And of course, her experience was much better in the U.K., because people in America are so bias.
“People in the U.K. were like ‘that’s cool.’ Here it’s like ‘Oh my God, do you have AIDS?’ “
The only harms that came with the profession? Being fat.
“Being a fat sex worker, for example, is really harmful in a lot of ways. I’ve been threatened. We believe as a culture that fat people are not human, and if you add the dehumanization of fat people to the dehumanization of sex workers and the dehumanization of women, then you have this trifecta,” she wrote.
But overall, she was pleased with the empowering work.
“But I also have to say, if it were not for sex work, I would not have been able to go to school, I would not have been able to buy a laptop, I would not have been able to go to England in the first place. Doing sex work has given me a lot of class-based opportunities that I would not have had otherwise.”